Monday, April 7, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday

I decided to join a Homemaker linkup this week since I'm on spring break and I feel like I really am a home maker. Living the dream, guys.



As I look out my window:It's rainy and gross, but still getting warmer each day. I'll just keep in mind that "April showers bring May flowers."

Right now I am: relaxing with my husband after dinner.

Thinking and pondering: Where life is going to take me. Deep, I know. But I have a sense that something new is coming along soon.

On my bedside table: My bible, devotional, and book for grad school

On my TV tonight: Grey's Anatomy. We are very behind, and we are playing catch up. Drew is watching baseball.

Listening to: My dog Jeffrey chewing on a bone, my husband humming on the couch. 

On the menu tonight: THIS taco pasta bake made with GF noodles. It was really yummy.

On my to do list: My list for tomorrow is

  • finish painting coffee bar
  • go to the bank
  • take wood back to Lowe's
  • Trip to dollar store for shipping envelope
  • Stop by the post office 
Plans for this week: I just have lots of projects to complete and relaxing to do!

What I am creating: I am finishing up our coffee bar. Andrew made me a shelf and I am repurposing a small bookshelf we had. I'll make sure to show you the end result! 

My simple pleasure: Sleeping in. Spring break, I love you.

Homemaking tips: Clean as you go. I love to cook but I hate cleaning up the huge mess I always make. Cleaning as I go helps me to make it manageable.

Looking around the house: I see a clean space with lots of items to be sold in our garage sale this weekend.

From the camera: 

I was at a bachelorette party this weekend and Drew was with the Bachelor. The girls began at wine and canvas and ended up driving up to the casino to play a joke on the boys. It ended up being a TON of fun, we had a blast. 

fish tacos 

lovely ladies 

finished products 
Surprised the boys, only to realize almost all of them were already asleep. LAME! We had a blast with the three who were left. 


Dollar slots are where it's at 
Prayer list: Our families have lots of exciting events in the upcoming months. Two weddings, a baby on the way, reunions and trips. Pray for blessings upon all of it. 

Bible verse, Devotional: Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."


This was super fun, thanks DOASAHM for hosting!


What are you all up to this Monday?
Don't forget to enter the Flourish giveaway HERE



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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Flourish Boutique Grand Opening


Last Thursday evening I was invited to Flourish Boutique for their Grand Opening celebration, and wow, did they celebrate in style! Flourish has been around since 2008, but they just re-opened in their new location just a short distance down the road in Centennial Plaza. You may remember this post from a previous fashion show, and this one was just as fun!

The new store is incredible. Glitter on the floors, pink walls, giant chandeliers- the perfect place to have fun shopping with some friends. And if you aren't local, their website has all the fun wrapped into their online store!


While I waited for the show to start, I walked around and took in all the glamorous surroundings. I tried on a few pieces, admired the beautiful hors d'oeuvres,  and chatted with some other bloggers.


Soon after I arrived, the fashion show began. Instead of a typical runway, they used the huge windows in the store with live models. It was fun to watch the models come and go with different outfits on. Here are some of my favorites:

THIS dress was just so beautiful 

THIS bag.... 

I die. 


This was my favorite favorite favorite item of the night. 
If you live near the Granger area, do yourself a favor and head over to Flourish Boutique



Flourish is also giving you all the chance to win a $25 gift card! Check out the giveaway below to enter.


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Thank you Flourish for a super fun evening and congratulations on your new (amazing) location!

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Katz Gluten Free Baked Goods


Hi everyone! I wanted to share a new resource I found for gluten free items. I wasn't paid to do this review. I simply want to share an awesome resource for any of you that are gluten free. a friend shared this website with me, and I am super impressed. Katz has some delicious gluten free items that you can have shipped to your door.

When I was first checking out the website, I discovered that you can order a free sample box, which includes many of their items. You have to pay a very small shipping fee, but for a very small fee you get many items to try. I placed my first order on Monday, and the box was waiting for me when I got home on Wednesday. My first box was damaged, and a few items inside crumbled as a result of UPS's poor handling. I contacted Katz and they sent me a replacement box immediately. That's amazing customer service! The sample pack included:

  • 1 slice of whole grain bread
  • 1 slice of white bread
  • 1 slice of challah bread
  • 1 powdered donut
  • 1 chocolate cupcake
  • 1 english muffin
  • 1 cookie
  • 1 rugelah (similar to a cinnamon roll)
  • 1 slice of marble cake 

My favorite item from the sample box was the chocolate cupcake. I've only tried one box mix for cake, but it was disgusting. This cupcake tasted amazing, and had the perfect chocolately taste I was craving.

I can see myself ordering baked goods to keep on hand for special occasions, or for holidays when I know I am going to miss out on something like pie. This definitely will not be a weekly or even monthly purchase, but stocking up on special items may be a good idea (especially because orders of $50 or more are shipped free).

I hope you or someone you know that is gluten free find this helpful! I was very grateful to find this website.
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